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Moving Forward After Devastating Fire

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
August 9, 2012

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A week after wildfires tore through parts of Oklahoma, people are still trying to pick up the pieces to move on with their lives.

One of the devastated areas is in Slaughterville south of Norman.

Vicky and Harold Grigg take us to their home which is nothing but twisted metal after the fire which burned thousands of acres over the weekend.

The Griggs have been working everyday not just on their home, but with neighbors in this community of about 50 people.

When FEMA came to visit on Thursday Vicky told them of two necessities they could really use.

“If we get a storage building and portapotties out here the people that’s coming out here you don’t got to go drive back to the store to try to go to the restroom or if you have a storage building we can put water and food. They know where to go get it.”

During the nights, the Griggs stay with their daughter who has one of just four homes out of an original 13 which managed to escape the blaze.

Vicky Grigg’s 67-year-old mom also lost her home and all that is left is a brick chimney.

Despite the devastation Howard and Vicky say they have no plans to leave.

“No, no, i’m not leaving. I want to rebuild,” says Harold.

To which Vicky added, “There is not one resident on this road leaving. We’re all staying here. That’s a given. We’re staying here. Everybody who lives on this road is staying because we’re family.”

FEMA officials are urging victims of the fire to report any damage even if they have insurance and keep receipts in the event of reimbursement.

Wildfires over the past week have destroyed 380 homes and burned more than 110,000 acres.


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